Frequently Asked Questions

Products and Pricing

Beyondware offers two products, Beyond Typicals and Beyond CAD. Beyond Typicals comes in two version, Lite and Pro. We also have the Beyond Bundle which includes Beyond Typicals Pro and Beyond CAD. 

So, in total, we have 4 subscription packages- Beyond Typicals Lite, Beyond Typicals Pro, Beyond CAD and the Beyond Bundle.

Learn more at our pricing page.

If you would like to evaluate the software before buying, we offer a 30-day free trial, which works for all of our products. When you start the 30-day free trial, you will receive a 17 digit Subscription ID via email which you can enter into the software upon startup, which will remove the watermarks for the 30-day period. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam or junk folder or contact us. If you would like to continue to use the software beyond the free trial, you will need to select a plan and enter payment information in your account using the MANAGE ACCOUNT link at the top of this website. If you select and pay for a subscription plan, you will need to use that 17 digit Subscription ID moving forward (the free trial ID will no longer work). If you never upgrade to a paid subscription or cancel the free trial, the software will continue working past the 30 days, just with the watermarks turned back on. Contact us with support needs or any questions.

While credit card is the preferred method of payment, we have 4 total options to pay for our software including ACH/Direct, physical check and working with our growing list of resellers. Learn more here.

Every Beyondware license you buy is a ‘floating license’ which works similar to a network license. When you purchase, you will get an email with a Subscription ID which is used within our products to activate the license. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam or junk folder or contact us. All application downloads include the full software, just with watermarks. The free 30-day trial or paid subscription simply remove the watermarks.

These licenses can be transferred between computers as long as no two users are using the license at the same time. Users can install the software on multiple machines and move a single license between them as necessary. If your organization needs more than 1 concurrent user of our products at the same time, multiple licenses can be purchased with a single email address. Our licensing system only uses the Subscription ID to activate, not the email.

Absolutely. You can purchase multiple licenses using the same account by signing up for multiple free trials with the same email. 

We can also work directly with you to add multiple subscriptions to your account if you would prefer. Just contact us.

After signing up for a free 30-day trial or purchasing a subscription, you will receive an email with instructions to start with your software and also your 17 digit Subscription ID (if you don’t see this email, please check your spam/junk folder). This is the license you copy and paste to remove watermarks from Beyond Typicals and/or Beyond CAD. Paid subscriptions also include the invoice attached to the email.

If you still cannot find the Subscription ID via email, you can access it from your Beyondware account by following these steps:

  1. Click MANAGE ACCOUNT at the top of the website
  2. Enter your email into the box
  3. Enter the One Time Password (OTP) sent to your email address (again, might be in spam)
  4. You now have access to your subscription and other account details
  5. Click Billing History at the bottom
  6. You will see a list of any transactions in your account which contain links to the associated invoices
  7. Click the Download link next to your subscription to download the PDF with your invoice
  8. You will see your 17 digit Subscription ID listed, which you can copy and paste into the license box in Beyond Typicals or Beyond CAD

After signing up for a free 30-day trial or purchasing a subscription, you will receive an email with instructions to download and install Beyond Typicals and/or Beyond CAD. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam or junk folder or contact us. We understand that IT/IS guidelines are different for nearly every company and agency, so we have multiple options for download and distribution, with more coming soon. Learn more here.

Yes. You can upgrade or downgrade any subscription within your account by clicking the MANAGE ACCOUNT link at the top of this website, entering the one time password (OTP), and clicking on edit subscription. You can also cancel or pause your subscription via MANAGE ACCOUNT.

If you have any issues or need assistance, we will be more than happy to help you. Please reach out to us here.

University students and active military can access any of our plans at a significant discount. We also offer discounts for bulk license purchases.

For assistance with these discounts, please reach out to us.

Beyond Typicals

Beyond Typicals is an all-new, drag and drop 3D typicals section creator released in early 2022. Beyond Typicals makes street design and visualization so accessible that you can become proficient in hours and design roads in minutes. 

While Beyond Typicals and Beyond CAD both make 3D visualization more accessible for civil and transportation projects, Beyond Typicals is both easier to use and not as capable as Beyond CAD. With Beyond Typicals you can drag and drop pre-made sections to make roads in minutes, but you can’t import CAD files or do complicated visualization. With Beyond CAD you can import 3D CAD files to visualize civil projects using textures, library assets, advanced traffic and more.

You can have access to both products by purchasing the Beyond Bundle or subscribe to them separately. 

Beyond Typicals is offered in Lite and Pro versions. Beyond Typicals Pro offers advanced features including bridge sections, scene effects, phasing and layout mode (with more features coming soon). Beyond Typicals Lite does not have access to these features but can do everything else.

Lite and Pro don’t require separate downloads. There is only one Beyond Typicals application, and your Subscription ID will unlock the features associated with your license.

Learn more about the difference on our pricing page or part 9 and 10 of the Beyond Typicals tutorial series videos.

Beyond Typicals has been designed to be incredibly intuitive and many users can figure out how to use most of the functionality just through trial and error. That said, we are always working on adding new tutorial videos and encourage all new users to watch all 10 of the Beyond Typicals Tutorial Series.  

If there is a specific type of section (like a retaining wall, for example) or asset (like street light) you need for Beyond Typicals and it isn’t currently available, please reach out to us. We are constantly working with users to add more sections and assets to make the tool even more useful and efficient. We have even had a user make his own sections which our development team was able to add for the next available public patch.

We have plans on our roadmap for a custom section creator, but we don’t anticipate that this will be available any time soon.

Users and potential users of Beyond Typicals are often very passionate and know how powerful this product can be. With this passion also often comes with section, asset or feature requests. 

Without this feedback, Beyond Typicals would not be as useful as it is today, so we highly encourage any feedback or requests. We even built a public roadmap where you can see our development plans and even make your own requests.

View the Beyond Typicals roadmap here.

Beyond CAD

Beyond CAD is a PC-based 3D visualization engine built specifically for civil and transportation projects. Beyond CAD is built on Unreal Engine and very similar to Lumion or Twinmotion but with a civil focus rather than the architectural focus of those and similar applications.

Transportation and infrastructure projects can be complicated. Communicating these projects using 3D visualization to the public and other stakeholders is important and often even required… but can be even more complicated.

Good visualization can be expensive and time consuming and if you want to do it yourself, most 3D visualization software is built for architecture projects.

So what did we do? We took over a decade of experience in engineering and 3D visualization and one of the most powerful gaming engines available and customized it to make 3D visualization possible for you- the one doing the 3D design and creating the CAD files.

Beyond CAD is a software program now available for PC that is built on Unreal Engine and has the asset library and features to bring even the most complicated infrastructure projects to life.

With Beyond CAD you can import your 3D CAD files, texture them, add trees, buildings, traffic control devices and even complex traffic and pedestrian movements.

Use powerful visual graphics and the built-in render engine to produce photorealistic image or video renders in hours instead of days or weeks. Visual experiences allow you or your client to walk or drive the project in real-time.

Our industry has needed a good 3D tool build specifically for infrastructure to make 3D visualization available for the engineers, designers and project managers doing the actual design.

With Beyond CAD, that tool is now here.

Watch the video here.

Learn more about Beyond CAD here.

As Beyond CAD is a visualization tool designed to create beautiful image and video renders as well as interactive publications, it does not have design capabilities. Beyond CAD is for civil professionals designing projects in CAD software as a place to import and visualize those designs.

Beyond CAD  is a 3D visualization tool that makes high quality renders accessible to those involved in the design and construction of civil projects. This includes engineers, designers, CAD operators, city planners, project managers, construction engineers and more. 

If you are involved in the design or construction of transportation, public works, landscape architecture, site civil, transit or other civil projects, Beyond CAD is for you. If you use Infraworks, Civil 3D, Openroads, Inroads, Microstation or other CAD software for civil or infrastructure projects, Beyond CAD is for you.

Architects have been well served with visualization tools for decades. Many of the tools used for civil visualization are built for architecture or other types of projects and are not a perfect fit for infrastructure projects. Because Beyond CAD is built specifically for civil projects it is NOT a good tool for architects and those working on other types of visualization. Everything from the 3D asset library to the features and compatibility has been designed with infrastructure projects in mind. 

In other words, you won’t find bookshelves or coffee pots in Beyond CAD.

If you are involved in the design or construction of transportation, public works, landscape architecture, site civil, transit or other civil projects, Beyond CAD is for you. If you use Infraworks, Civil 3D, Openroads, Inroads, Microstation or other CAD software for civil or infrastructure projects, Beyond CAD is for you.

There are several civil visualization software applications available by major publishers of design software. Not only is Beyond CAD an independent option that will work with most design software, it also allows higher quality renders, has an all-new smart traffic system for realistic and organic looking traffic as well as a handful of other features not available in any other software. The asset library has been carefully curated to include over 1,500 high quality 3D assets selected and created specifically for infrastructure projects.

Learn more here:

https://beyondcad.com/what-is-the-difference-between-twinmotion-and-beyond-cad/

Some will have the need to visualize projects and see the value in using Beyond CAD but will not have the resources or capabilities to do the 3D modeling necessary to prepare project data for import into Beyond CAD. As this is a visualization engine, it does not offer any modeling tools or features and thus the data needs to be modeled in CAD or other modeling software before importing.

Beyond CAD creator Sam Lytle spent 6 years building a visualization services team called Civil FX. This experience helped him understand the problems that Beyond CAD is able to solve and required the building of a capable team of artists and 3D modelers. While Sam sold Civil FX to Parametrix in 2020, the relationship continues and Civil FX is the preferred partner for modeling services for Beyond CAD. Anyone needing help getting their CAD design data ready for Beyond CAD can work with Civil FX- a Division of Parametrix to get a quote to provide these services. You can learn more about this at the link below:

3D Modeling Services by Civil FX

Because Beyond CAD is a 3D visualization engine created to communicate civil engineering projects, it does not have export options outside of the image and video renders and other visual experiences. This limitation is due to the asset licenses for most of the assets used in Beyond CAD in addition to ensuring that the focus of this product is centered around communicating and visualizing infrastructure projects.

There are no options to export individual assets or entire scenes as 3D files.

Because Beyond CAD is a 3D visualization engine created to communicate civil engineering projects, it does not have export options outside of the image and video renders and other visual experiences. This limitation is due to the asset licenses for most of the assets used in Beyond CAD in addition to ensuring that the focus of this product is centered around communicating and visualizing infrastructure projects.

There are no options to export individual assets or entire scenes as 3D files.

We’ve worked for years to develop the advanced traffic system used in Beyond CAD. It offers features not typically available in visualization engines such as intersection controllers, merging and editable vehicle libraries. Combining these elements can create believable traffic for transportation or other infrastructure visualization.

But, while we’ve worked hard to make a dynamic and believable traffic system, this advanced traffic system can not be substituted for actual simulated traffic from proven software such as Vissim, Aimsun and Synchro. 

Beyond CAD advanced traffic is for illustrative purposes only.

That said, importing simulated traffic is now possible within Beyond CAD so that you have the power of photorealistic 3D visualization combined with accurate traffic representation. This feature will be possible in the Traffic section of the toolbar and we working to release it publicly. That said, there are inherent challenges associated with visualizing simulated traffic in Beyond CAD or any visualization engine including 3D modeling the project, accurate striping, accurate placing of the lanes of traffic within the simulation and more. Good visualization of simulated traffic in Beyond CAD requires deliberate work throughout the entire workflow from simulation to 3D modeling to visualization within this tool.

Learn more here:

https://beyondcad.com/advanced-traffic-system/

Beyond CAD traffic overview: Video – Does Beyond CAD have the Most Advanced Traffic System Available in a Visualization Engine?

Beyond CAD has been built to work exclusively on Windows computers and there is no version for Mac computers, nor are there plans for Mac development at this time.

Beyond CAD has been built and tested using 64-bit Windows 10 and 11 and use with any previous versions of Windows is discouraged but still may work.

We hope to have Beyond CAD Cloud available in 2023 with the capabilities to use the software via a link in a browser. When this happens, it will be possible to use from any device that has a mouse and keyboard, including Mac computers.

While the Beyond CAD team is remote, our roots and the majority of our team are located in the Las Vegas, Nevada area in the United States area. While we try to keep the engineers and projects in mind that are throughout the world, our perspective is, admittedly, based in the United States. Many of the assets (especially signs) have been created for projects in the States. That said, our custom sign creator can create custom signs for any location.

We have also made the decision to make Imperial units (feet, inches) the default while working to make Metric a consistent option throughout Beyond CAD.

With the few limitations based on the asset libraries and units noted, Beyond CAD will not only work for projects throughout the world but it will only continue to become more flexible for projects in all geographies. We have plans to continually add to the asset library and will do so largely based on feedback from the users. 

If you think Beyond CAD needs more assets to serve a specific geography, please contact support and let us know. The feedback we get from users like you will be incredibly valuable to make Beyond CAD as useful as possible.

While Beyond CAD is an incredibly robust and efficient 3D visualization engine built for transportation and other civil engineering projects, this is still new software that we are diligently working to improve on a regular basis. Getting started with any new software can involve a learning curve and, while Beyond CAD is especially user friendly, becoming fluent in this software will still take time and practice. If you haven’t already, make sure to review our Tutorial and Support resources if you are having issues.

While we wish we could have everything working perfectly already, this isn’t realistic for any software and our small team is constantly working to prioritize fixing issues, buliding new features, assisting users in addition to launcher and other development tasks. In other words, while Beyond CAD isn’t perfect, we are doing our best to approach it every day.

In an effort of transparency and to help you diagnose if issues you are having are unique to you or general issues, below is a list of known issues that we have plans to address with future patch updates. If you have urgent needs to address issues specific to you and your projects, please reach out to us here. Also note that this may not be a comprehensive list, and we will work to update it as we fix issues and new ones arise. 

General

  • Undo/redo is inconstent throughout Beyond CAD
  • Beyond CAD occasionally crashes – we are constantly trying to fix these bugs one by one, so let us know
  • The cursor sometimes gets stuck in the Beyond CAD window (you can click or press the Windows key to get out)
  • Virtual reality (real-time and pre-rendered) isn’t yet available
  • There is not yet a grass system for 3D blades of grass like in other visualization engines
  • We don’t have a full user manual (though we do have extensive tutorial  resources).
  • We don’t yet have emmisive lights for night scenes
  • In Settings, you can switch between Imperial and Metric units, but this isn’t consistent throughout the entire UI
  • UI sometimes overlaps on various screen resolutions- we do most of our testing on 4k monitors, so 1080 monitors may have some issues
  • Vissim importing, 4D GANTT Phasing and Bounding Box are beta features that need more testing and development for solid performance
  • The button in the bottom right of the user interface (three dots) doesn’t have anything yet as it is a placeholder for future assets and special effects
  • FBX files with animations don’t import the animation (reach out to us if you need help on this, and we can possibly import on our end for now)

Assets and Importing

  • There is no way to import native files such as .dgn, .rvt, .skp and other proprietary file formats though we hope to have .dwg import working by the end of 2022 and others working later in 2022 or 23
  • Datasmith importing doesn’t work consistently
  • Importing large files from Sketchup causes issues with our Organize Hierarchy and thus slows down the software – we now have an option to ‘Merge All Geometry’ on import and have plans to create content on how to use this for better Sketchup importing
  • There is currently no option to ‘refresh’ imported files. We are working on this but for now you will need to reimport
  • When you rotate/scale/translate and object, save the file and then reopen, the values don’t hold
  • Import on cursor option not working correctly
  • When you click the Beyond CAD selector icon for an imported mesh with sub-mesh elements, it only selects one of them. It should select all, unless they have been separated.
  • Placement tools such as brush, line and polyline don’t work with imported objects
  • Assets from the asset library take a while to load when opening side panels
  • Mirror doesn’t work for all assets
  • Copy/paste doesn’t yet work for assets
  • Replace asset doesn’t work
  • Rectangle select doesn’t work very well as it selects assets behind the camera
  • Using the brush tool with the default settings places trees in clumps
  • Construction equipment can’t yet be animated

Texturing

  • Undo/redo doesn’t work for texturing
  • Texture has an outdated interface from other elements of Beyond CAD
  • We don’t have solid colors for texturing yet but plastics generally work
  • Texture icons are difficult to see detail
  • When texturing imported mesh surfaces, the texture starts out low resolution and takes up to a minute to refresh to the full resolution texture

Environment and Cameras

  • Camera location and time of day settings don’t save with save files
  • We do have options for HDRIs in Environment, but it is currently limited and users can’t import their own HDRIs

Traffic

  • While you can make traffic drive on either side of the road, we don’t yet have the option to ‘flip’ the driver and steering wheel to the right side of the car
  • For multi-lane paths, vehicles sometimes merge through one another
  • Merge/diverge doesn’t work consistently and sometimes causes bugs and crashes, including vehicles merging through each other
  • Traffic is randomly generated, so it can be difficult to capture the right vehicle or pedestrian for a video render – we have a planned fix for this (baked traffic) but for now it may take several renders to capture the right moment
  • There is currently no way for a user to import their own vehicle to the traffic system
  • Trucks don’t articulate via merging
  • Vehicles don’t turn while changing lanes, which makes them look like they are sliding
  • We don’t yet have a system for vehicles yielding (i.e. a roundabout scenario)
  • The color of trains can’t yet be adjusted
  • Vissim importing doesn’t have an option to drape on the surface
  • Name of Vissim file doesn’t load correctly when loading saved file
  • Vehicles scale incorrectly in Vissim importing until we improve the library to match the Vissim export
  • Trucks don’t yet articulate in Vissim imports

Beyond CAD Studio (Blue icons in bottom left of menu)

  • There isn’t a ‘cancel’ or ‘pause’ button for rendering from the Sequencer
  • You can’t render video from 3rd or 1st person views, such as the driving simulator – currently you can do screen capture until we get this fixed properly
  • Driving simulator can be clunky – we hope to someday have it match the experience of racing games
  • Camera names from created Image and Video cameras don’t always show up in Present mode or, at the very least, are delayed

Other

  • Custom signs aren’t currently saving (July 2022) but this should be fixed soon.
  • Signs created with the Custom Sign Creator cannot be edited later but need to be recreated if edits are necessary

Technical Support

After signing up for a free trial, you will receive an email with instructions including a link to the Download page with links to multiple options for downloading and installing, including the Epic Games Launcher, our own custom launcher and zipped folder download.

You can access the downloads page here.

We have hours of tutorial videos available on our website and YouTube channel that are broken into chapters which can answer most questions for Beyond Typicals or Beyond CAD. If you still need support, please reach out to us, and we can assist you one on one.

Beyondware

Beyondware is a software publisher focused on building better 3D visualization and planning tools for civil and transportation. Beyondware is a DBA for Beyond CAD LLC and was founded by licensed civil engineer Sam Lytle, PE. 

In 2010, I started with the Nevada Department of Transportation as a rotating engineer after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in civil engineering. It wasn’t long before I realized that I had spent years studying to become an engineer, only to discover that engineering and computer aided design (CAD) did not excite me and was not what I was hoping for. In 2011, I discovered a love for 3D visualization and, with it, a potential opportunity to hopefully get out of design, stay in the industry, and not throw away years of preparation to be a civil engineer.

An opportunity to move beyond CAD.

Read the full story here.

Beyondware is a software publishing company that operates remotely. We are based in the United States but have employees in several states and plan to continue growing remotely throughout the US in the coming months and years. 

We employ mostly software engineers with the occasional artist to supplement our team. Furthermore, we also occasionally use overseas talent as contractors for one-off projects. 

We utilize the latest coordination, planning and development management tools to ensure efficient development and support for our users.

We typically release an internal development patch each week and progress toward a monthly public patch that includes bug fixes, assets, improvements and new features. We do this for both Beyond Typicals and Beyond CAD.

While this has been our schedule, there may be some months that don’t necessitate a public patch.

Civil FX was a 3D visualization studio founded by Sam Lytle in 2014. In August of 2020, the Civil FX brand and visualization  services team was acquired by Parametrix Engineering. Sam Lytle retained the rights to Beyond CAD (previously Vision) as well as the development team and started Beyond CAD LLC as a software publishing company to continue the Vision journey. This acquisition not only helped in the funding of Beyond CAD but it also allowed a close relationship with a forward thinking and important company in Parametrix.   

Civil FX represented an invaluable opportunity for Sam to learn the needs of the future users of Beyond CAD by working on hundreds of projects and for dozens of clients over the years as well as multiple projects to build and refine the technology for clients that now will be integrated into this software.

Learn more here.

You can learn more about our ongoing relationship and partnership with Civil FX – a Division of Parametrix here.